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Aparna Shrivastava has pursued a life helping others, working closely with NGOs
I try engineering,” Shrivastava said. She came to OSU in 2006 with a plan to get a mechanical engineering degree, and design engine parts. Her career ambitions changed very soon after she came to OSU. By Vinay Ramakrishnan The Daily Barometer “During my first term at OSU, I Often when students graduate, had a goal to meet 10 new people they look for work in a job related each day,” Shrivastava said. “I also to their field of study. Accounting tried out every club that sounded majors go to work for big audit interesting.” With this outgoing spirit, firms, pre-medicine majors go on to medical school, and engineering Shrivastava found Engineers majors go to work for big firms like Without Borders. “EWB had a connect week booth, Ch2MHill and Boeing. Aparna Shrivastava, a 2011 OSU and they were advertising a ‘free trip graduate in mechanical engineer- to El Salvador,’” Shrivastava said. “That lured me in, ing, 25 years old, and got me to the has not followed first meeting.” a typical path. I want to serve the Shrivastava She has travelled basic human needs became inspired to over 74,000 miles go into social work of people around around the world in she encounthe last two years. the world, not just t when tered a question on Most of her travels he wants of those the El Salvador Trip have been subseEssay: “What does quent to her graduwho can afford it. this trip mean to ation, performing you for your prosocial work in two Aparna Shrivastava fessional goals?” developing nations: OSU mechanical engineering alumna “That’s when India and Uganda. it c l i c k e d ,” Shrivastava has Shrivastava said. received sev“I want to serve eral honors from OSU, including the Dr. JoAnn Trow the basic human needs of people around the world, not just the wants Woman of Distinction Award. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, of those who can afford it.” Shrivastava was rejected for the Shrivastava moved to Oregon at age eight. Growing up in Tigard, her El Salvador trip, but the EWB board career plans were far from social later appointed her coordinator of work abroad. She developed a love the El Salvador project. Shrivastava for cars through her high school’s held several leadership positions within EWB, ranging from Kenya automotive program. “I found that I enjoyed working project initiator and coordinator to on cars, and my dad suggested that See SHRIVASTAVA | page 2
Aparna Shrivastava, OSU alumna in mechanical engineering, poses with Okiri Peter in Kitgum, Uganda, where she has done social work.
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Kevin Grand repairs a bicycle for Sayard Schultz at the Repair Fair yesterday. Both are Corvallis community members. thing to remember is to always try and bring a broken item in to be fixed. More often than not, volunteers are able to repair something for free that students would usually take straight to the dump. Some of the items being repaired at Monday’s fair include an iHome, a toaster oven, a countless number of bikes, and a couple pairs
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Good for the environment, good for the wallet Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) held their first Repair Fair in 2013 on Monday. This monthly event is aimed towards helping students save money and natural resources while teaching them how to repair their broken items instead of buying new ones. The event was held as a part of RecycleMania 2013, an annual recycling competition held between universities nation-wide. Members from a student-volunteer group known as the Waste Watchers were on hand at the event to repair many items high on a college student’s list of priorities, such as small appliances, bicycles, clothing, computers, electronics, housewares and jewelry. Campus Recycling Outreach and Events Coordinator Andrea Norris believes the events put on by Campus Recycling and the SSI can be very beneficial to students, as well as helping out the environment. “A lot of what we have to offer is not simply events, but services we provide to students,” Norris said. “For example, the Repair Fairs offer free repairs to anyone who brings in his/her broken items.” Freshman biology major Kyle Reed is a regular volunteer for the Waste Watchers committee, and although this area is not directly related to his field of study, his interest in helping the environment is deeply rooted. “I was always involved with my high school eco-club,” Reed said. “I just decided to continue that involvement here. I mean, why not?” Repair Fair-goers state the most important
“I would definitely recommend [the Repair Fair] to friends, said Robin Jenkins, a zoology major. “I got my stuff fixed and the best part is that it’s free.”
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KBVR-TV’s Beaver News announces new anchors Recently, students attending OSU were given the chance to become news anchors on OSU’s TV news show, Beaver News. Beaver News staff held openauditions to fill eight anchor positions on the program. After the auditions, Beaver News announced their newest anchors: Molly Jones, Anna Singer, Brooke Chrisler and Gabriella Morrongiello. Jones is a senior in English with a minor in new media comNews Anchor munications. Schedule In the past, Monday: Cody Stover Jones worked and Brittany Mangold at The Daily Tuesday: Barometer and Molly Jones and Emily Schucht is currently the Wednesday: host of KBVR’s Anna Singer and live music Brooke Chrisler show, “Locals Thursday: Live,” which Allison Headley and airs Friday Gabriella Morrongiello nights at 6 p.m. She is passionate about the student media program and is excited to be a part of the Beaver News team. Singer joins Beaver News in her first year at OSU. She is a sophomore from Bend, Ore. and is in the digital communication arts program. Singer aspires to become an ESPN Sports Broadcaster. She has been in performing arts her entire life and hopes those skills can help her become the anchor she aims to be. This is her first term working with the Beaver News team. Chrisler is working on her television debut with the Beaver News. Chrisler is a junior in the digital communication arts program and comes from her hometown of Eureka, Calif. During football season in 2012, she worked on the field photographing the OSU football team. This is Chrisler’s first time getting involved with KBVR as a news anchor. Chrisler’s hobbies include riding horses, singing, and snowboarding. She hopes this experience will help guild her to her future dreams of being an entertainment broadcaster. Morrongiello is pleased to be entering into the realm of broadcast journalism with her new position as an anchor for the Beaver News. She is currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in new media communications with a minor in political science. Morrongiello aspires to someday become a political correspondent for news networks in Washington, D.C. Growing up in Sonoma Calif., Morrongiello is a devoted San Francisco Giants fan. After visiting universities from Seattle to Los Angeles, she fell in love with the small town of Corvallis and chose to make Oregon State University her home. While she adores working as a reporter for The Daily Barometer, she is now looking forward to developing the skills of a capable TV news anchor and being a part of the KBVR-TV staff.
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REPAIRS n Continued from page 1 Jenkins brought two of her favorite old pairs of jeans in to get fixed, and was able to leave with the satisfaction that she would not have to spend any money buying new pairs. The next Repair Fair will be held near the end of February, and they will continue to run each month until the end of the academic year. Although spare parts cannot be supplied for missing or non-repairable pieces, Repair Fair staff will be able to give information on where parts can be found and purchased elsewhere. In addition, volunteers will also be on deck to help with any part installations possible. Students who have a broader interest in sustainability efforts at OSU are encouraged to get involved with the Waste Watchers, Campus Recycling or the SSI. More information can be found on the Oregon State Recycling website at www.recycle.oregonstate.edu. Lara von Linsowe-Wilson, news reporter email@example.com
Calendar Tuesday, Jan. 29 Meetings Student Incidental Fees Committee (SIFC), 6pm, MU 213. Counseling & Psychological Services and Student Health Services will be presenting their budgets. ASOSU Senate, 7pm, MU 211. Educational Activities, 1:30-4pm, MU 213. Budget Hearing. Student Diversity Budgeting Board, 6-8pm, MU 212. Budget Hearings. Socratic Book Club, 7-8pm, MU Talisman Room. Reading and discussion group studying Eric Metaxas’ “Life, God, and Other Small Topics.” Focus on Francis Collins’ essay, “The Language of God: A Believer Looks at the Human Genome.”
Events Sustainable Energy Initiative, 5:309pm, LaSells Stewart Center. “Free Switch Documentary Screening.” Follow Dr. Scott Tinker on his adventure around the world in search of answers to our energy problems. Q&A session with energy experts following screening.
Wednesday, Jan. 30 Meetings SIFC, 6:30pm, MU 212. Weekly meeting. Discussion of incidental fee issues and budgets. All students are welcome. Athletic Dept., 7pm, Student Success Center Rm. 133. Student Fees/Athletic Dept. Open Forum. ASOSU House of Representatives, 7pm, MU 211. Educational Activities, 5-7pm, Waldo 400. Budget Open Hearing.
Thursday, Jan. 31 Meetings Baha’i Campus Association, 12:301pm, MU Talisman Room. The Equality of Women - Devotions and discussion on the role women are playing in the progress of the global society. College Republicans, 7pm, StAg 107. General meeting.
Mercy Corps, Shrivastava worked in Panchgani, in the n Continued from page 1 province of Maharashtra, India with an NGO called Grampari. EWB chapter president. “She brought a real pas- Now, she will head to Kenya sion for the organization’s to work for WASH United, an purpose,” said Kevin Boston, NGO based in Berlin. In Uganda, Shrivastava an associate professor of forest engineering at OSU and lived in a place that used to an adviser to EWB. “She was be a war-torn region devasfocused outwardly, rather than tated by the actions of the Lord’s Resistance Army, one ‘how will this benefit me.’” of Africa’s “most violent armed Shrivastava greatly credits groups,” according to the OSU’s culture for helping her U.S. Department of State. She achieve what she has done. lived in the village of Kitgum, “Without OSU, I wouldn’t be approximately 300 miles north where I am or be able to have of Kampala, the capital. these goals,” Shrivastava said. “The people of the commu“There is nothing you can’t do nities I was working with in at OSU. If you put in the effort, Uganda had lived in refugee there are many resources and camps for about two generapeople who will support you.” tions,” Shrivastava said. “I was In addition to her involve- helping these former refugees ment with EWB, Shrivastava re-adjust back to normal life.” was involved with the Indian While in Uganda, Students Association, the Shrivastava lived in a Mercy engineering sorority Phi Sigma Corps Guest House. Rho and OSU’s Tae-Kwon-Do “It wasn’t very common that club. we had electricity,” Shrivastava During her time at OSU, said. “In the villages, there was Shrivastava was well recog- no electricity.” nized within the commuBecause Shrivastava was livnity. She was featured in the ing in a former war-torn zone, 2009-10 OSU Powered by she always had to be aware of Orange Campaign for creat- things in her vicinity. ing prosperity, and the School “There were fields with huge of Mechanical, Industrial and signs about land mine warnManufacturing Engineering ings,” Shrivastava said. “The newsletter in rebels were the Summer of gone, but 2009. Visitors Aparna is phenomenal. the presto OSU last ence of their A very passionate year could actions still leader, very good at see her photo lingered.” upon enterdriving the movement Following ing the Kerr her work forward with energy Administration in Uganda, and enthusiasm Building. Shrivastava “She has a and knowing then went passion and to India to what to do next. enthusiasm for work for an people,” said NGO called Jessica Cawley, Jessica Cawley Grampari. a graduate stuLocated in Graduate student in civil engineering dent in civil Panchgani, engineering and a good friend M a h a r a s h t r a , India, of Shrivastava. Shrivastava was working to Cawley worked with build things including handShrivastava in EWB, and great- washing devices called tippy ly credits her leadership skills. taps. “Aparna is phenomenal,” “In India, a thousand chilCawley said. “A very passion- dren die daily due to diarrhea ate leader, very good at driving caused by a lack of sanitation the movement forward with and hygiene,” Shrivastava energy and enthusiasm, and said. “Just by introducing knowing what to do next.” handwashing with soap, you Following her gradua- can reduce this number of tion in 2011, she travelled to deaths by 50 percent.” Along with the tippy taps, Uganda to work for Mercy Corps, a Portland-based Non- Shrivastava worked on an Governmental Organization. “improved cookstove” projAfter working in Uganda with ect, soap making, and a
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Aparna Shrivastava seriously considered working for nongovernmental organizations upon her involvement in Engineers Without Borders. depth-sensor probe. Living in Panchgani, Shrivastava said while “electricity was stably available unlike in rural Uganda, you always have to be careful with water.” Shrivastava has many hobbies outside her work. She is a black belt in tae-kwon-do, and plays a variety of musical instruments. Her main instrument is the guitar, but she also plays the harmonium and tabla, two Indian musical instruments. “It’s a portable, happy place,” Shrivastava said. “When you’re away from home, you often need that.” Her passion for music is what led her to “one of the jobs of her dreams” with an organization called WASH United, based in Berlin. “With WASH United, I will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, managing the water, sanitation and hygiene programming in schools across the country and will be working on setting up a strong regional hub,” Shrivastava said. “WASH United focuses on the power
of sport and positive role models to spread the critical messages of water sanitation and hygiene.” Shrivastava faces many challenges when spending large chunks of time away from home. “When you spend long periods of time away from the [United States], you start losing energy,” Shrivastava said. “Its hard to be a world away from a place you fit in to.” Despite the challenges of being away from home, she stresses the importance of travel for college students today, even if it’s not for social work trips. “It is very important for people to travel and understand that there’s a world outside of Corvallis and the [United States],” Shrivastava said. “It can be hard to recognize that without travelling.” Vinay Ramakrishnan, news reporter email@example.com
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Events Career Services, 11am-Noon, Valley Library, Willamette East & West Rooms, 3rd Floor. WEBINAR - Landing Your Dream Federal Job or Internship.
Wednesday, Feb. 6 Meetings ASOSU House of Representatives, 7pm, MU 211.
Events Career Services, Noon-3pm, MU Ballroom. Nonprofit & Volunteer Fair: Representatives from more than 50 local and national nonprofit and government organizations representing a wide variety of fields who are seeking OSU volunteers, interns and employees. Career Services, 11am-Noon, MU 206. Marketing Your Service Experience: Meet a panel of nonprofit professionals who will share tips and strategies on marketing your service and volunteer experience to potential employers. Career Services, 11am-Noon, MU Journey Room. Pursuing a Nonprofit Career: Gain insight into the nonprofit industry. Career Services, Noon-1pm, MU 208. International Service Workshop: Explore international nonprofit internships and service opportunities. Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center and Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, 6-7:30pm, Snell 424, 4Cs Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez. The/Los Afro-Latinos.
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Remain vigilant M against Corvallis creeper here is a creeper prowling the streets of Corvallis and attacking women at our university. The menace of violence is now a possibility on the quaint tree-lined streets of OSU, and we know both students and staff are now a little more afraid when they trek out into the darkness. While we know the Corvallis Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in our city are doing their best to bring the attacker to justice, we as a community also need to do our part to remain vigilant and protect our own. We encourage students and staff to do what they can to keep each other safe and to take advantage of the services available to them on campus. Avoid walking home by yourself late at night. Walk with a group of friends and make sure you are aware of your surroundings and know where you are. If you must walk by yourself, call a friend to let them know you are leaving, the route you are taking, and when you expect to arrive. In the case you don’t arrive where you are supposed to, at least someone will know to call the police for you and the police will have somewhere to begin their search. Avoid walking down dark side streets and stick to main, well-lit streets instead. Carry a flashlight and a cell phone with you, and if you are on campus, be aware of where the blue light emergency stations are as you walk. You should also not walk with headphones in and music blaring — an attacker can take advantage of the fact that you can’t hear him or her approaching. Also, if you see someone suspicious, or someone doing something suspicious, or if someone is following you, call the police immediately. We’re sure the police would much rather deal with a false alarm than have yet another victim of an attack. It’s better to err on the side of caution than to have something awful happen. Students and staff should also take advantage of the SafeRide program that offers free rides from campus to their homes. The program runs from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and those wishing to ride must have a school issued ID with them. SafeRide can be contacted for a ride by calling their office at 541-737-5000. Students and staff can also call the Department of Public Safety to get an escort from a campus building to their car or residence hall. This service is also free and the department can be reached at 541-737-3010. We hope the attacker is arrested soon and that this creeper attacks no one else. In the mean time, we need to take care of each other, remain vigilant and remain safe.
any people seem to think homosexual couples being granted the right to marry will solve all the issues the LGBTQ community currently faces. The right for homosexual people to seem more like heterosexual people will not be the end of homophobia. I am not denigrating the cause advocating samesex marriage; I believe that federal recognition of same-sex marriage will be a key stepping stone in the LGBTQ rights movement. However, when the federal government recognizes all same-sex marriages as legal, the LGBTQ community will have won a battle, not a war. The true war is the one against ignorance and hate. Irrational fear, aversion of or discrimination against something is usually caused by ignorance. “Misunderstanding arising from ignorance breeds fear, and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace,” said Lester B. Pearson, winner of the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize. Misunderstanding leads to ignorance, which breeds fear, and subsequently matures into hate. Cyril Connolly, an English writer and critic who died in 1974, once said, “Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise.” Connolly is supported by MerriamWebster, whose primary definition of hate is “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger or sense of injury.” The most successful way to combat ignorance has always been education. For instance, in the
The Daily Barometer ubiquitous contraception versus abstinence debate regarding sex education in schools, a 2006 article by Rebecca Goldin, Ph.D., of George Mason University cites the decline in teenage pregnancies from 100 in 1,000 for girls aged 15 to 19 in 1995 to 75 in 1,000 in 2002, as 86 percent due to contraceptives and only 14 percent due to abstinence. Ignorance breeds more than just teenage girls. It is the root of fear, which leads to hate. As I mentioned in an article from last term, “Speak against transphobia,” Oregon State University is one of the most queer-friendly campuses in the country. OSU is currently ranked 37th out of 359 campuses in the nation, and we received a 5/5 score from the Campus Pride Index. OSU is one of the most queerfriendly campuses in the nation. Yet, it is still possible to overhear queer jokes and hate speech when walking on or around the university campus. LGBTQ@OSU is the LGBT Services Office of Oregon State University. Part of their mission, as stated on the website, is to keep LGBTQ students at OSU, and pursues “the goal of fostering relationships within Corvallis and across surrounding communities to help build relationships through which LGBTQQIA students can thrive as they pursue future educational, career and life goals.” Heterosexism is a form of homophobia in which homosexuals are seen as abnormal and something to be pitied or cured.
This seems to be a more common form of homophobia on college campuses, where tolerance is the byword. However, tolerance is not acceptance by its very definition. When something is accepted, it does not need to be indulged or allowed — simply because it does not require the permission of others to exist. Preaching tolerance only encourages heterosexism and ignorance. Acceptance is what we need more of in the world; we need to not look down on other ways of life simply because they are not our own. As college students, we are surrounded by an atmosphere of learning — we need to open our minds to more than just academia. Our generation is the one that holds the future leaders of nations, CEOs of big businesses and educators. We will be the policy makers — it’s our responsibility to leave the world better than we found it. The LGBTQ community does not only include lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, queers, questionings, intersexes and asexuals; straight allies are included too. All you need to become a part of the community is to make the decision to join the fight. Knowledge is the weapon with which the LGBTQ community will win the war against hate and fear, and will help first our campus, then the nation and the world, to be an accepting community, and not only a tolerant one. t
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re you undeclared? Unsure if your major is right for you? Well consider this: In this new day and age, our world and our society are changing quickly. Attending college is a big step, but not as big as it used to be. Now, it’s all about graduate degrees, Ph.D.s and who ya know. However, it starts with declaring a major. This is where we lay a basic foundation and branch out from there. The question is how do you know which major is right for you? More importantly, which major will further you the most in your career? “The 10 Worst College Majors,” an Oct. 11, 2012, article in Forbes Magazine, discusses the top 10 majors that are the least successful, or highest in unemployment. Most of us have heard similar advice — advice to “do what you like to do” and “find your passion.” It is not useful to pursue an interest if it won’t get you anywhere. I am not arguing that money and success is everything. The purpose of college, however, is to get a job that will support your living. If your future career cannot do that, then it may not be a good choice. The article bluntly states: “While the arts may be good for the soul, artistic majors are terrible for the bank account.” Our society has become engulfed in technology and business, leaving the non-technical majors — such as anthropology, fine arts and social sciences — to suffer. “What society rewards in economic terms has moved away from the softer majors. It’s become about how much math you do,” said Anthony Carnevale, Ph.D., director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education in the Workforce. The article also points out that the success of art and the success of the economy directly relate. This makes complete sense. If the economy is in a good state, art sales increase. If, however, we’re going through a recession, people aren’t going to want to buy art because it’s not necessary. Artsy majors aren’t on the forefront of being vital to the success of our society. I do realize that without creativity and artists, we wouldn’t have things like music, paintings or fashion. In a desperate world, such as we live in today, these are not as important. However, this isn’t about how art sucks. This is supposed to make you think about what you need to study in order to continue living comfortably. We don’t want to live off our parents for the rest of our lives. In order to do this we need to set ourselves up for success. It starts with identifying your longterm goals. Whether they’re accumulating riches or fulfilling your interests, the bottom line is to consider both. It would be a terrible waste of money to attend a college that gave you nothing to work with in the future. Who knows, the times may change and a new cycle of jobs may become more successful than others. For right now though, the only thing you can do is prepare as much as you can. Again, I’m not saying money is everything and financial success will give you complete happiness, but be reasonable. You have to take into account why you are in college. Find something you like to do, home in on it, and evaluate which majors best fit your interest and will be successful at the same time. t
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hy has the Oregon State men’s basketball team lost six of its first seven Pac-12 games? I dug up 17 worrisome numbers to help tell the story. My commentary is italicized, but everything else is factual information you cannot argue with. Note: All statistics are from Pac-12 games only. Nonconference games are not factored in, unless noted otherwise. 7 – Games missed by Angus Brandt and Daniel Gomis (injuries). Is this a viable excuse? Maybe, but at 1-6, the problems run much deeper than the absence of two players. 3 – Games missed by Eric Moreland (and Victor Robbins). Coaches say Moreland’s suspension affected four games, including his first game back vs. USC (he had a rusty first half). Maybe the Beavers beat USC if Moreland’s not rusty, but I don’t think they beat ASU, Arizona or UCLA, even with Moreland. 46.4 – OSU’s field goal percentage on defense, second worst in the conference. Hey, at least they’re not last. 73 – Average points allowed per game by OSU, worst in the conference. Oh. I wonder what would happen if they tried playing the 1-3-1 one whole game? I’m entirely kidding. I think. -6 – OSU’s rebounding margin per game, worst in the conference. The statistic most affected by the loss of Brandt (they don’t keep track of charges taken, or else that would be the most-affected stat). 1 – Number of times OSU has scored more than 70 points. Last year, OSU averaged 77.1 points per conference game and topped 70
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Redshirt senior Stephanie McGregor heads down the runway to vault in the Jan. 11 meet against Ohio State at Gill Coliseum. It was McGregor’s first time performing at home since the 2011 season.
Setting a career-high score on uneven bars Saturday night was the last thing Oregon State gymnast Stephanie McGregor expected to happen. In fact, McGregor didn’t even know if she would be on the team for the 2013 season. Back in December 2011, McGregor’s senior season snapped. In her fourth year at OSU, she was primed for a breakout year. “I’m feeling really confident,” McGregor remembers thinking. “Senior season, it’s the most ready I felt for competition season.” With less than a month until the team’s first meet, McGregor tore her Achilles’ tendon. She was simply performing the same floor routine she’d been doing for three years. But accidents happen. McGregor immediately knew the implications: season-ending surgery. “Honestly it didn’t hurt, as far as pain, when I tore it,” McGregor said. “What hurt me more, the reason I was crying, was emotionally knowing: there goes my season.” McGregor was one of three seniors on last year’s team, the others being two-time Conference Gymnast of the Year Leslie Mak and 2011 All-American Olivia Vivian. “I still remember the practice when it happened,” Vivian said. “It was extremely hard for everyone. We could tell that it was a season-ending injury right away, and there were times Leslie and I had to leave the gym because we were so emotional.” McGregor had surgery a week later and was in crutches and a walking boot for two months. It wasn’t until three months after the surgery that she could walk comfortably. She became a spectator. “It was really tough watching what was supposed to be my senior season from the sidelines,” McGregor said. She still remained a part of the team in a different capacity, commentating meets for the online broadcasts on See MCGREGOR | page 5
The Daily Barometer Athlete of the Week OSU trailed by 16 midway through the first half against the Huskies, but Gibson was instrumental in helping the Beavers mount a comeback. She hit three 3-pointers in the first half, and was a big reason why OSU only trailed by seven going into the locker room. OSU rallied to take a lead in the second half before eventually falling. In a 76-73 overtime loss to Washington State University on Sunday, it was more of the same for Gibson, who led the Beavers in scoring, with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting. For the weekend, Gibson finished with team-highs in minutes played (78), points scored (33), field goals made (12) and steals Ali Gibson (4). She shot 52 percent from the field, and 45.5 percent from 3-point land, and added The Daily Barometer six assists and five rebounds. Though her team didn’t emerge with a On the season, the Woodbridge, Calif. win, sophomore guard Ali Gibson played native is second on the Beavers in scoring well enough on the Oregon State women’s (9.1) and minutes played (30.7 per game) basketball team’s recent trip north to earn and first in assists (46) and steals (42). herself the title of Daily Barometer Athlete Gibson and the Beavers return to Gill of the Week. Coliseum to face Cal at 7 p.m. on Friday. In a 81-77 overtime loss to the University They’ll then host Stanford at 2 p.m. on of Washington last Thursday, Gibson filled Sunday. the stat sheet with 15 points, five assists, firstname.lastname@example.org three rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
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MCGREGOR n Continued from page 4 osubeavers.com. While McGregor was a part of the team, she wasn’t out on the floor competing for the first time in her gymnastics career. McGregor was awarded a medical hardship to return for her fifth year. Watching the team from a new perspective inspired her in the recovery process she was about to embark on. “It was so hard,” McGregor said. “If anything, it gave me the motivation to keep working, having to sit on the sideline and watch.” But like any season-ending surgery, the road is never easy. Five months removed from the injury, when running and basic gymnastics training would normally resume, McGregor was behind in the rehabilitation process. It was never a question of work ethic about why she was not recovering at a normal pace. “Stephanie has always been one of the hardest workers on the team, there’s no question about it,” said associate head coach Michael Chaplin. But something wasn’t clicking, and there was no explanation. “I still couldn’t do a calf raise,” McGregor said. “It was really, really frustrating, and they didn’t know why, or what was going wrong.” Teammates saw the frustration ensue and offered support. “She was definitely discouraged for a little bit,” said senior Makayla Stambaugh. “A lot of us just told her to keep pushing, keep taking one day at a time, keep building up those muscles.” Over the summer it started setting in that McGregor might not be ready in time for the season. Head coach Tanya Chaplin approached McGregor about the possibility of using her fifth year to help the team in an assistant coaching position. “I was this close to being like, ‘You know what, I’m too old for this sport anymore. I don’t know if I could do it. Maybe I’d be better off helping the team in a coaching role,’” McGregor said. She had to make her decision before the gymnasts officially reported in September. McGregor was already coming back for a fifth year at OSU, graduating with a degree in bioengineering in June. The two-time All-Academic First Team selection in the conference is also planning on applying for medical school this summer. After receiving advice from family and friends, McGregor decided she would make a run at one
GARRETT n Continued from page 4 points in 15 of 18 Pac-12 regular season games. Craig Robinson claimed the Beavers wouldn’t miss Jared Cunningham’s offense (17.9 PPG) as much as they would his defense. Hasn’t been the case. 30.3 – OSU’s percentage from 3-point territory, third worst in the conference. The Beavers shot 40.5 percent from deep in nonconference play. Because of their gaudy nonconference numbers, the Beavers are actually still the third-best 3-point shooting team (overall) in the Pac-12. A tad misleading. 0 – Number of games Ahmad Starks or Roberto Nelson has made five or more 3-pointers. Starks did it four times during non-conference play; Nelson did it three times. I figured Nelson and Starks would singlehandedly shoot the Beavers to several wins. Hasn’t happened. To be fair, Nelson is finding other ways to score and Starks hasn’t been shooting quite as much as usual (and that’s not actually a bad thing). 2.37 – Olaf Schaftenaar is averaging one 3-point attempt per 2.37 minutes of playing time. He’s knocked down 26.3 percent of those tries. Oakland’s Travis Bader, who leads Division I-A in 3-point field goal attempts (248), averages one 3-point attempt per 3.56 minutes of playing time. He’s shooting 39.9 percent. This isn’t a knock on Schaftenaar as much as it is a knock on the game plan. A long-3 attempt by Schaftenaar is a good fifth option for an offense. But when he’s in the game, he’s letting it fly like he’s the first or second option. 64.3 – OSU’s free throw percentage, third worst in the conference.
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last season as an Oregon State gymnast. The rehabilitation process was suddenly advancing quickly. In the two months leading up the annual Orange and Black Exhibition meet, McGregor showed unmitigated progress. She was back. “I’m not surprised that she’s been able to make the strides she has,” Michael Chaplin said. “Because once that decision was made to come back with gymnastics, you knew she was going to give it everything she had, 100 percent, that’s just Stephanie.” Coaches had already tabbed her for the uneven bars rotation, but getting in the vault lineup came as a surprise. McGregor took the floor in Gill Coliseum for the first time in nearly two years on Jan. 11. “The first time back competing in Gill, I was quite nervous,” McGregor said. “I haven’t been that nervous to compete in a while.” Nerves aside, McGregor delivered in her return with a 9.750 on vault and a 9.850 on bars. It was Saturday’s Metroplex Challenge — against three top-10 teams — in Fort Worth, Texas, that sealed the story on McGregor’s recovery. McGregor set her career-high in uneven bars with a score of 9.925 — a score only nine gymnasts in the country have bested this year.
It feels like OSU has been one of the conference’s worst free throw shooting teams for years, but the Beavers were actually a respectable 67.9 percent (6th in the Pac-12) last year and 67.8 percent the year before. 38.8 – Combined free throw percentage of Joe Burton (9-for-18), Eric Moreland (4-for-11) and Jarmal Reid (1-for-7). That means only one of OSU’s top-four frontcourt players (Devon Collier: 63.6 percent) is making free throws with any consistency. 5 – Number of times either Langston Morris-Walker or Challe Barton has played 20 minutes or more (three for Barton, two for Morris-Walker). This is noteworthy because… 4 – Number of times either Langston MorrisWalker or Challe Barton has played five minutes or less (twice each). No consistency. It’s got to be hard for MorrisWalker and Barton to find a rhythm and develop some confidence if they’re playing 20 minutes one game, zero the next, wouldn’t you think? (And the inconsistency isn’t solely due to Moreland’s suspension.) 3 – Number of OSU players averaging double-figures in conference play. Craig Robinson likes to point out that they have five guys averaging double-figures on the season, so I thought I’d point this out. 2 – Number of times an OSU starter (not counting Jarmal Reid) has gone scoreless. It happened to Joe Burton vs. ASU and Ahmad Starks vs. USC. The Beavers aren’t balanced enough offensively to survive on a night when one of their top guys is that off. 1 – Numbers of times someone not named Ahmad Starks, Roberto Nelson, Eric Moreland, Devon Collier or Joe Burton has scored in doublefigures (Olaf Schaftenaar: 10 points vs. UCLA).
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She also has shown progress in her vault scores, nothing a 9.825 in Saturday’s meet. “When I see how amazing Steph is doing it makes me so proud of her,” Vivian said, who is currently in her native Australia. “Knowing how difficult and frustrating her recovery process was, it’s so awesome knowing all her hard work is paying off and she’s having a strong senior year.” The fateful decision last September to return to the team looks like the correct one. “It’s a long recovery road and she could have very easily just given up, but she didn’t,” Stambaugh said. “It just shows the kind of character she has.” After a slow start to the season, the Beavers have climbed back up to No. 14 in the rankings. The goal for OSU is to reach the NCAA Championships for the eighth straight season. McGregor’s journey to reestablish herself as a gymnast on the perennial national contender has been a long and unexpected one. “If you had asked me six months ago, I would’ve been like, ‘You’re crazy. There’s no way. I don’t know if I’ll even be in lineup come that point,’” McGregor said. “It’s definitely been a bit of a rollercoaster.” Warner Strausbaugh, sports editor On Twitter @WStrausbaugh firstname.lastname@example.org
(CNN) — Tiger Woods won his 75th PGA Tour title at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on Monday to ensure his 2013 season started in fine fashion. After fog had taken the California tournament into a fourth day, Woods finished 14-under to win the $6.1 million event by four shots. Starting the day six strokes clear, the World No. 2 carded a level-par 72 in his final round to finish ahead of defending champion Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater, who were both 10-under. Woods broke the PGA record for the number of wins at a single course as he lifted his eighth title at the venue, with seven tournament triumphs added to the U.S. Open crown he so memorably won in 2008. Combined with his seven wins apiece at both Firestone Country Club and Bay Hill Club and Lodge, 22 of Woods’ 75 career wins have now come at just three courses. This represents a significant 29 percent of the 37-year-old’s tally of PGA Tour wins. “This is a nice way to start the year,” Woods said after the victory. “My expectations for the year are the same — to go out there and win every tournament I play in. “Setting my sights on being No.1 comes as a result of winning golf tournaments and being consistent. “That’s how I got there and in order for me to get back there, that’s what I have to do — and this is a good start.” Monday’s victory took the 14-time major winner to within seven victories of Sam Snead’s record tally of 82 victories. Resuming play on Monday with 11 holes remaining, Woods had to wait until the 13th hole for his first birdie of the day but his game then dropped off as a slow finish prompted some loose strokes. “I lost a little bit of patience out there and unfortunately it affected my play a little bit,” added Woods. Two bogeys and a double bogey between the 14th and the 17th took some of the shine off his victory and allowed Snedeker and Teater to narrow the gap.
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A disappointed Devon Collier (44) slaps hands with an injured Angus Brandt after an 80-70 loss to Arizona on Jan. 12, as a suspended Eric Moreland looks in their direction. Brandt’s injury and Moreland’s since-lifted suspension have contributed to OSU’s recent struggles. See what I meant when I said not balanced stretch and win their next five games, you could enough offensively? talk me in to believing they might surpass last 32-19 – Combined record of OSU’s oppo- year’s conference-win total of seven. nents thus far. OSU’s next five opponents have Grady Garrett, managing editor a combined record of 13-24. On Twitter @gradygarrett If the Beavers take advantage of this favorable email@example.com
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Four arrested after deadly Brazilian nightclub fire kills 231 people (CNN) — Police arrested four people Monday in connection with a nightclub fire that killed 231 people in southern Brazil, CNN affiliate BandNews reported. Two are club owners and the other two members of the band that was performing, it said. The detainees will be held initially for five days while authorities investigate Sunday’s blaze in the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, according to Marcos Viana, a police official who spoke with state-run Agencia Brasil. The five-day period can be extended for five more days, the news agency said. “We concluded that it was necessary to hold them prisoner temporarily, because we
need their statements to help us clarify the incident,” Viana said, according to Agencia Brasil. Police did not identify those arrested. “We have much work ahead to clarify what happened and identify those responsible,” Viana said, according to the news agency. Civil police in Santa Maria have questioned 20 other people, it said. The police chief in the province of Rio Grande do Sul said the investigation is to be divided into three parts: “The first line of inquiry has to do with the documentation: if the property was fit for operation and who the owners are. Are they real, formal owners? We will review all the documentation.
“The second stage of this investigation is expert analysis, which we will apply. “And thirdly, important in itself, is the witness testimony. So, starting today, we will focus our efforts to the maximum in order to hear those people who were at the property at the time that it caught fire, at the business establishment. I think we’ll get to the bottom of this investigation and, if possible, will identify those responsible by the time we complete this police investigation.” The governor of Rio Grande do Sul promised that investigators would have all the resources they need to find out who is responsible. “From the executive office, they will not lack a penny, a document, an action or any
other support, so that we can have an inquiry with depth and with the responsibility that it deserves,” Gov. Tarso Genro said. More than 100 clubgoers were injured in the fire, which authorities say began about 2:30 a.m. Sunday during a band’s pyrotechnic show. Guitarist Rodrigo Lemos Martins of the Gurizada Fandangueira band told the newspaper Folha de São Paulo that the fire ignited one song after the band had used fireworks in the show. But he said it was not clear what may have caused the fire. “There were many wires on the ceiling, and there could have been a short circuit,” he said. Many apparently died from
smoke inhalation; others were trampled in the rush for the exits. Mayara Peirera, a 21-year-old law student who was celebrating her birthday at the club, told CNN she escaped with a friend through a nearby door. When she turned to look back, “I saw people bleeding, fainting, running over other people. People desperate, screaming. And it was then I realized what was going on,” Peirera said. But two friends — “almost sisters to me” — didn’t make it out, she said. “I thank God because in one way or another, I got a birthday gift — my life,” she said. “I was born again, but I’m very sad and hurt because I lost my best friends. I can no longer cry, because I have already cried so
much.” And Michele Pereira told Folha de São Paulo that her friend, 23-year-old Leandra Toniolo, was in the bathroom when the fire began. “I was on the opposite side, near the stage,” Pereira said. “I would have had to go all the way across the arena — against the mayhem — to find her, and in the tumult, it was impossible,” she said. “It was terrible, a scene from a horror film. ... There were fallen bodies throughout on the ground, many people who had fainted, many crying and trying to breathe with all that smoke.” By the time Toniolo’s mother found her daughter’s body, it had been placed with others in a truck, Pereira said.
Tiger Woods wins 75th PGA title at Torrey Pines Rough weather possible in Mississippi River Valley (CNN) — Tiger Woods won his 75th PGA Tour title at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on Monday to ensure his 2013 season started in fine fashion. After fog had taken the California tournament into a fourth day, Woods finished 14-under to win the $6.1 million event by four shots. Starting the day six strokes clear, the World No. 2 carded a level-par 72 in his final round to finish ahead of defending champion Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater, who were both 10-under. Woods broke the PGA record for the number of wins at a single course as he lifted his eighth title at the venue, with seven tournament triumphs
added to the U.S. Open crown he so memorably won in 2008. Combined with his seven wins apiece at both Firestone Country Club and Bay Hill Club and Lodge, 22 of Woods’ 75 career wins have now come at just three courses. This represents a significant 29 percent of the 37-year-old’s tally of PGA Tour wins. “This is a nice way to start the year,” Woods said after the victory. “My expectations for the year are the same — to go out there and win every tournament I play in. “Setting my sights on being No.1 comes as a result of winning golf tournaments and being consistent. “That’s how I got there and in order for me to get back there,
that’s what I have to do — and this is a good start.” Monday’s victory took the 14-time major winner to within seven victories of Sam Snead’s record tally of 82 victories. Resuming play on Monday with 11 holes remaining, Woods had to wait until the 13th hole for his first birdie of the day but his game then dropped off as a slow finish prompted some loose strokes. “I lost a little bit of patience out there and unfortunately it affected my play a little bit,” added Woods. Two bogeys and a double bogey between the 14th and the 17th took some of the shine off his victory and allowed Snedeker and Teater to narrow the gap.
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Anti-government demonstrators ignore curfew in restive Egyptian city CAIRO (CNN) â€” Anti-government protesters defied Egyptian President Mohamed Morsiâ€™s curfew order in cities along the Suez Canal and clashed with police and troops in restive Port Said, state-run news outlets reported early Tuesday. Twenty minutes after the 9 p.m. curfew began, demonstrators chanted, â€œWith our souls, with our blood, we will sacrifice for you, Port Said,â€? state-run television reported. Egyptian troops beat back an attempt by a half-dozen armed gunmen to storm a prison in Port Said, where dozens of people were killed in clashes over the weekend, according to the news service EgyNews. Nine people were injured in earlier clashes at a police station, said Abdel Rahman Farah, a supervisor of Port Said Hospitals. In the port city of Alexandria, west of Port Said, protesters sat on train tracks, disrupting rail travel at the Sidi Gaber station. There were also anti-government demonstrations in Cairo, and protesters took to the streets of Suez and clashed with security forces, state-run Nile TV reported. Morsi declared a limited state of emergency for hot spots Sunday and announced a 30-day nighttime curfew for the provinces of Port Said, Ismailia and Suez. The Islamist-dominated Shura Council approved Morsyâ€™s declaration of the state of
emergency in the three governorates. The legislative body also granted the armed forces judicial powers to â€œsafeguard state institutions against saboteurs and restore security.â€? The embattled countryâ€™s latest cycle of violence stemmed from two seemingly unrelated events. On Friday, the second anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, protesters angry with the slow pace of change as well as anti-Morsy demonstrators fought with his supporters and police in cities such as Suez and Ismailia. At least seven people were killed in those clashes, including several by gunfire. It was not immediately clear who was responsible. Then on Saturday, a judge issued death sentences for 21 people from Port Said for their roles in a football game riot last year. Those sentences sparked deadly clashes between security forces and relatives of the convicted, some of whom tried to storm the prison in Port Said. At least 38 people, including civilians and soldiers, have been killed there in the past two days. In a speech Sunday night, Morsy decried the behavior of â€œcriminals,â€? saying recent violence â€œdoes not have anything to do with the Egyptian revolution. ... In fact, it is against the revolution.â€? But he acknowledged the legitimate dissent
in Egypt, saying â€œdialogue is the only way to bring about stability and security.â€? To this end, he invited representatives from 11 political parties to a meeting Monday. But a key opposition leader issued conditions before accepting Morsyâ€™s call for dialogue. â€œWithout accepting his responsibility as a president for the latest bloody events, promising to form a government of national salvation and commissioning a balanced committee to amend the constitution, any dialogue will be a waste of time,â€? said Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the Constitution Party and a member of the opposition National Salvation Front. On Sunday, the National Salvation Front called for â€œpeaceful protestsâ€? and held the president responsible â€œfor the excessive violence used by security forces against protesters,â€? according to a statement posted on the state-run Al-Ahram news website. The group made several demands before it would urge people to stop protesting, including the formation of a new government and making changes to what it called the â€œdistorted constitutionâ€? that voters passed, in a referendum, last month. Morsyâ€™s supporters warned the opposition against such demands Monday. â€œWe would like for the political forces, especially the National Salvation Front, to realize how important this defining moment is and to
put the interest of the nation above all,â€? said Gamal Tag, senior leader of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. â€œThey need to know that President Morsyâ€™s call for dialogue is not out of weakness, but it is out of his responsibility as president. ... Some forces are still putting conditions and obstacles before this national dialogue in order to make it fail. These people do not put forward the national interest. They are looking for personal gains.â€? The latest strife comes as Egyptians mark the second anniversary of one of the most violent and significant days in the Egyptian revolution. Jan. 28, 2011, was dubbed the â€œFriday of Rageâ€? because thousands of peaceful protesters seeking an end to President Hosni Mubarakâ€™s three-decade rule in Cairo were met with excessive force. It was also the day that Mubarak cut off Internet and cell phone service as many Egyptians decided to join the revolution seeking his ouster. Some liberal factions are calling Monday the â€œMonday of Rage,â€? and groups such as the National Salvation Front plan to demonstrate near Cairoâ€™s Tahrir Square in memory of those killed two years ago.
Yemen, U.S. intercept ship with â€˜large cache of illegal armsâ€™ Dutch queen abdicates throne (CNN) â€” Yemeni authorities working with the U.S. Navy intercepted a ship carrying a â€œsubstantialâ€? cache of â€œillegal armsâ€? such as surface-to-air missiles, potent explosives and rocket-propelled grenades, a U.S. official and Yemenâ€™s government said Monday. The incident took place in Yemeni territorial waters in the Arabian Sea last Wednesday, according to a statement issued five days later from Yemenâ€™s embassy in Washington. The crew of the USS Farragut, a Naval destroyer, was working with Yemeni authorities when they spotted the vessel in question, said an official in the Obama administration. The ship had several flags onboard, but no reliable documentation showing where it came from, the official added Monday.
After the ship was intercepted, Yemeni coast guard officers boarded it and â€œfound a large cache of illegal arms,â€? according to the Yemeni embassyâ€™s statement, which was also posted on the website of the Arabian countryâ€™s staterun SABA news agency. The firepower included anti-aircraft missiles, C4 military-grade explosives, ammunition and bomb-making equipment such as circuits, remote triggers and various handheld explosives, the Yemeni statement said. There were eight Yemeni crew members aboard the vessel. The Obama administration official described the effort as a joint operation, and said U.S. forces joined their Yemeni counterparts in boarding the suspect boat.
(CNN) â€” Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will abdicate her throne to make way for her son Prince Willem-Alexander. She will formally end her reign on April 30 â€” the 33rd anniversary of her coronation. â€œThis doesnâ€™t mean that Iâ€™m taking leave from you,â€? she said on Monday in a televised speech
announcing the decision. â€œI still will be able to meet many of you. I am deeply thankful for the faith that youâ€™ve had in me ... in all these years that Iâ€™ve been able to be queen,â€? she said. The queen turns 75 on Thursday. She had three children with her husband, Prince Claus, who died in 2002.
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French-led forces in Mali take Timbuktu airport, enter city ON THE ROAD TO TIMBUKTU, Mali (CNN) — French-led troops in Mali have seized control of the airport in Timbuktu from Islamist militants and are fighting their way into the city center, spokesmen for the French Defense Ministry and the Malian military said Monday. “We are winning in Mali,” French President Francois Hollande said at a news conference. Malian and French forces have together been battling the Islamists to loosen their grip on the country’s north, which the militants have controlled for months. Hollande, who refused to speculate on how long the French intervention would continue, said the Islamists still control the northern part of the country. The United States has also stepped up its involvement
in the conflict by conducting aerial refueling missions on top of the intelligence and airlift support it was already providing. Malian and French soldiers scored a key victory last week, taking control of Gao, a city east of Timbuktu that for months had been a militant stronghold. And flushing the Islamists out of Timbuktu, Mali’s historic cultural center, would be a big symbolic gain. The Islamists were reported to be fleeing Timbuktu to the city of Kidal, more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) to the northeast. The quickening advance of the government forces has brought them to the heart of the territory held by the militants. Covering the fighting up close is almost impossible for journalists, who are prevented from gaining access to the front line. Journalists
are allowed to enter a town only after it has been freed and its security guaranteed by French and Malian troops. French forces are involved in the fight in Mali, a former French colony that retains close ties with Paris, in an effort to prevent the Islamists from turning the once peaceful democracy into a haven for international terrorists. France has 2,150 soldiers on Malian soil, with 1,000 more troops supporting the operation from elsewhere. The Islamic extremists carved out a large haven in northern Mali last year, taking advantage of a chaotic situation after a military coup by the separatist party MNLA. The militants banned music, smoking, drinking and watching sports on television. They also destroyed historic tombs and shrines. Refugees have told harrowing stories of life under the
Islamist militants. But human rights groups have also raised concerns about reports that Malian soldiers are themselves carrying out extrajudicial killings and abuses as they counterstrike. The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court issued a statement Monday putting Malian forces on notice that “all those alleged to be responsible for serious crimes in Mali must be held accountable.” “My Office is aware of reports that Malian forces may have committed abuses in recent days, in central Mali,” the prosecutor said. “I urge the Malian authorities to put an immediate stop to the alleged abuses and on the basis of the principle of complementarity, to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the alleged crimes.” The restrictions on journalists make it harder to gauge
the realities on the ground. The United Nations’ refugee agency, the UNHCR, has called for an increase in international aid for the hundreds of thousands of people who have been displaced by the fighting in the country. More than 150,000 refugees have fled Mali into neighboring countries, and another 230,000 are displaced inside Mali, the agency said. One casualty in the battle for Timbuktu is the city’s library, which was designated a world heritage site because of a treasure of rare books and manuscripts about precolonial Africa, a South Africa professor told CNN on Monday. “What we don’t know is the full extent of the damage,” said Shamil Jeppie, who is director of the Timbuktu Manuscripts project. “There are no phones or communications to Timbuktu, and there haven’t been for some
time. Much of the images show documents and papers tossed on the ground, but it appears that just a portion of the library is actually burned. The building itself was certainly razed.” Jeppie said it would “be a loss for all humanity if the manuscripts were destroyed.” “In a continent in which most of the memory of peoples is transferred orally through storytelling and can be lost, the people in Timbuktu had a written tradition that is quite rare in Africa,” he said. “Most books that we get our knowledge of precolonial Africa were written by missionaries and seen through their eyes. This history is deeply precolonial, and we still have much to learn and simply can’t do it without the documentation that is only there in Timbuktu.”
Gunfire triggers rapper Rick Ross to crash Rolls Royce into building, police say LOS ANGELES (CNN) — “Teflon Don” rapper Rick Ross crashed his silver Rolls Royce into an apartment building after he heard gunfire along a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, street Monday morning, police said. “The driver of the Rolls Royce attempted to drive away from the direction of the shots being fired and lost control of the vehicle, striking a nearby apartment building,” Fort Lauderdale Police Det. DeAnna Garcia said. Ross and a female passenger were not hurt by the wreck or the gunshots, Garcia said. “The suspects fled from the area prior to police arrival,” she said. The incident, however, called attention to
threats against the artist’s life made in a street gang’s videos and posted online in recent months. “We’re pulling up on you,” a man who identified himself as a member of the Gangster Disciples warned in one of the videos. “Whatever city, whatever state, the pressure on.” Several videos purporting to be from Gangster Disciple members in several states — including Georgia, North Carolina and Florida — appeared on YouTube late last year demanding that Ross pay a fee to them for his use of the Star of David, which they claim as a gang symbol, and a reference to one of their founders in
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stealing his name and reputation. “The reality is I want justice done,” the original Ross wrote in an e-mail to CNN. “I know that he took his name and image from my life and believe he is unfairly profiting off my story.” Ricky “Freeway” Ross was serving a prison sentence a decade ago when rapper William Roberts, who previously worked as a Florida correctional officer, adopted “Rick Ross” as his stage name, according to the lawsuit. “This rapper and his labels clearly knew of my name and story, and have tried to suck out the lifeblood without license,” the former drug lord said. “I have my own use for my intellectual property and did not need this confusion created.” More recently, the rapper has been using the name “Ricky Rozay.” The rapper and his record label have not responded to CNN’s request for comment. Despite the death threats and legal issues, his music is doing well. Ross is nominated for a best rap album Grammy for his latest release “God Forgives, I Don’t.”
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(CNN) — Doctors have a new set of guidelines when treating children diagnosed with type II diabetes. It’s the first time recommendations have been issued for children aged 10 to 18, a sign that childhood obesity continues to have a broad impact. More children are developing type II diabetes “largely due to the increase in obesity and overweight (patients) in the pediatric population, as well as the overall population and the decreased activity we are seeing in our young people,” said Dr. Janet Silverstein, co-author of the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines and chief of endocrinology at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital. Type II diabetes affects 90% to 95% of the 26 million Americans with diabetes, while it’s still rare in children and adolescents, it’s being diagnosed more frequently among minority populations including American Indians, African-Americans, Hispanic/ Latino Americans, and Asians/ Pacific Islanders, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Type I diabetes results from a rheumatoid-like autoimmune reaction in which the body attacks and destroys beta cells of the pancreas cells that normally produce insulin, according to CNN
conditions expert Dr. Otis Brawley. Type II diabetes is the result of the muscles and other tissues of the body developing a resistance to insulin produced by the beta cells of the pancreas. The pancreas first tries to overcome this resistance to insulin by making more insulin. The blood sugar goes up as a patient’s body is no longer able to make enough insulin. Most patients with type II diabetes are overweight or obese; maintaining a normal weight and a healthy diet can prevent the disease, Brawley says. The guidelines recommend doctors treat patients initially with insulin if they are unsure whether the child has type I or type II diabetes. Once a type II diagnoses is confirmed, insulin use can be stopped and the patient can be treated with metformin, Silverstein said. “Metformin is recommended as first-line therapy, along with a lifestyle modification program including nutrition and physical activity.” The new guidelines are geared towards any medical professional who might come into contact with these children, Silverstein said, adding more research needs to be done to help children manage their treatment. There is still a lot of work to be done regarding diet and
exercise, said Atlanta pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu, but it’s good to provide doctors with a way to intervene. Shu said she hopes this helps to prevent more serious complications from occurring later in life. “For both children and adolescents, the bottom line is lifestyle changes if they are overweight, working on nutrition and working on activity, try to get them to eat healthier, smaller portion sizes, to increase activity to 60 minutes a day,” said Silverstein. She adds it’s easier to get younger children than adolescents to implement behavior changes and it’s often necessary to have a social worker or a psychologist who has time to spend with kid and family to help. “No matter what medications we give, it won’t work unless there are other changes too.” Type II diabetes can have a number of symptoms, Silverstein said. Depending on the stage of the disease, diabetes can be picked up on a routine physical by finding glucose in the urine, but other signs include low energy, a discharge from the penis or a vaginal yeast infection, frequent urination or excess thirst. The guidelines are published in the February 2013 issue of Pediatrics and were released online Monday.
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